The weather in the northeastern part of the country is finally starting to level off a little bit, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. The snow has mostly melted in my part of town, and the windows are open to get some fresh air. But why go outside, when we can have a lazy Sunday afternoon? Sometimes I find neat things to share, and that is what the Lazy Sunday Afternoon series is all about. This time around, I had recently discovered a personal website that offers a small variety of emulated “Microvision” games that you can play, all within your browser, thus not needing to shell out the cash for these hard to find gems in retro video game history.
It’s been known as one of the biggest urban legends in the world of video games, ever. Did Atari REALLY dump millions of unsellable video game cartridges and consoles into a landfill in New Mexico all those years ago, literally burying their mistakes? Last summer we first reported that a film company was granted permission to exhume the landfill for use in filming a documentary, and the latest update was this past January, when we learned about distribution. But when is it going to happen, and are there any new developments? We have the answers!
Homebrews certainly keep our favorite retro consoles alive and well, with tons of fresh new games to play on the systems of our youth. Last October, we reported that Psycatic Software had released a new triple-version of the classic “Space Invaders” for the Sega Genesis, with their release of “The First Invasion“. The folks behind this game are at it again, with a brand new, fully original game in the works for the same platform, with an upcoming game called “The Shifting Catacombs”.
Last January we reported that Shaquille O’Neal had made a statement at CES that “Shaq Fu 2″ was on the way. While originally suspected to be a joke, it turns out that it has been officially confirmed that the sequel to the 1994 game is actually in the works, and that O’Neal is currently looking for funding for the upcoming game.
Those of you that know me outside of the retro video game world know that I tend to love a lot of things that are “retro” by default. One of those loves has to do with television, and in particular, classic television game shows. Last week, the game show world lost Jim Lange, who hosted The Dating Game for many years. However for those lovers of retro video games as well as television, we lost another game show host that hits home, as we report the passing of Starcade host Geoff Edwards.